When I went to buy this car in 2015, the thought was what was the most economical (purchase and operation) SUV that I could get and hold for 10 years that would give me a towing option? The Durango had more capacity in this area than other SUVs short of the likes of Expedition, Tahoe, and Suburban (which were more expensive and more gas thirsty). After a couple of years of heavy use, this persnickety customer is generally pleased. We have not yet hitched a trailer to this vehicle (for various family reasons), but we have used the hitch receiver for a cargo basket, put an additional cargo rack on the manufacturer-provided roof cross bars (can be placed or stowed for a cleaner roof line), and with this taken up to 6 adults and their luggage on extended road trips. Fuel efficiency has been good (over 20 mpg on the highway, fully loaded). Generally the vehicle is comfortable, a pleasure to drive, can get as far in the sticks as you want to go with a 4x2, and cleans up well. The biggest annoyance has been temperature control. The Chrysler engineers took the attitude that you tell the car the temperature you want, rather than just "hotter" or "more cool". I end up trying to out-think the controls to get what I really want, and become nostalgic for old-school slider bars that give "hotter" or "cooler". I haven't driven enough other vehicle built in the last 2 years to know if this is a Durango idiosyncrasy, a Chrysler idiosyncrasy, or a wider conspiracy by auto engineers at the expense of the car-buying public.
2015 Dodge Durango Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Great overall build quality and performance. Very happy with the vehicle as a whole but would have been happier if it were about 10% less cost to purchase. Don't feel like the price was over what it should have been though. Very safe and great performance for a vehicle of this size with a V6 engine.